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The Unborn [DVD] [2009]

Odette Yustman , Gary Oldman , David S. Goyer    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Odette Yustman, Gary Oldman, Meagan Good, Cam Gigandet, James Remar
  • Directors: David S. Goyer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish
  • Dubbed: Hungarian, Czech, Polish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Jun 2009
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001PR1ZNS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,294 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Supernatural horror directed and scripted by David S. Goyer. A young woman, Casey (Odette Yustman), is gradually becoming possessed by the spirit of a boy who died in the Holocaust. With the help of Rabbi Sendak (Gary Oldman) and her college professor Mr Shields (Rhys Coiro) she must do all she can to overcome the evil curse before it threatens not only her own life but those of everyone she loves.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Miss-carried, cliched and poor 11 Feb 2011
A film with a promising line-up, idea and effects, but nothing ground breaking here, being all too clichéd for horror fans. Unborn has some shortly visited dark moments, but fails to pass any expected thriller paths, sticking to winning formulas rather than being imaginative. I also think it is hindered in it's own goals, such as it being a PG-13 rating and the next scare is never that scary. The movie's plot is a mash-up of folklore and for me, loses its way late on (possessions), never surpassing a disappointing average horror thriller title. However, most teens and gore-haters will probably find this a non-taxing, relatively entertaining light watch. The critics have described this as 'laughable' and I think that is fair. The trailer does look great but this is simply the highlights of effects deployed.

The film include Idris Elba (the Wire) and Gary Oldman. The film is from the producers of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and from one Dark Knight writer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely chilling 10 Feb 2013
I say this is a good movie. There are some truly twisted moments in the film without it ever getting too crazy with special effects (in the demonic sense) to be taken seriously. Unfortunately, this film has received a lot of flak because it seems the horror genre's audience these days is extremely demanding, harsh and critical.

And yet, this film is miles above ANY of the Paranormal Activity sequels, for example. I have watched the latter and near bored myself to death. Yet the Paranormal Activity films receive a higher rating (e.g. on Rotten Tomatoes) than this film? This is exactly what doesn't make sense. Thus, four well deserved stars.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dybbuk Debacle? 17 Sep 2012
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Well it's now a few years since The Unborn was released and we can safely say that its reputation as a below average horror movie is set in stone. Much like many other lazy horror movies made by directors out of their depth (here David S. Goyer proving he should stick to writing), The Unborn just plays out as a choppy experience.

Good moments do dot themselves within, a couple of well executed jumps impact on those not waiting for such things, the creepy kid is a bonus, while the core menace of the story, a Dybbuk of Jewish folklore, is interesting and fresh. But Goyer has no idea in how to build suspense around his thrills, an ignorance in how to utilise the scary premise on offer. He also telegraphs the final revelation way too early, which in turn crowns a hopelessly weak last fifteen minutes, and to under use Gary Oldman (who turns up for the money) is a crime in itself.

Insidious, itself proving to be a divisive film in horror fan circles, had the nous to take a similar premise to The Unborn and spin something extra into the mix, which accounts for its considerably better reputation. Until more horror film makers realise that more brains in narratives are needed, we will continue to get reams of mediocre horrors made. Sadly, such is the size of the horror fan world, these mediocre films will still get support at the box office and from rental outlets. 5/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very jumpy first time round 3 Oct 2010
A great film which has jumpy parts in unexpected places making them more effective, storyline is also good and an unborn 2 would be a definite buy for me
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lacking 14 Sep 2009
I think the main word that springs to mind for me is "Lacking". Lacking suspense, lacking plot depth, lacking appeal. I absolutely adore horror films of any type but I just can't bring myself to call it a horror. I should've listened to myself when I saw the trailers in the cinema and thought to myself "...................Nah". Unfortunately I listened to a friend who told me how great it was.

Classic interesting beginning with the strangeness followed by abrupt normality but I just didn't feel that the plot flowed, or even went anywhere. It was theoretically a good idea but the delivery was sadly, lacking. I was initially intrigued to see Cam Giganet in something new (bearing in mind the last time I saw him in anything he was being ripped to pieces in a ballet studio) and I really don't think I can fault the acting. They did the best they could with what they had.

I note some people have referred to this as an intelligent horror, one where you have to pay attention and think. I can safely say I did pay attention. I did notice that the ghost is NOT supposed to be that of her dead twin brother. I got the plot, I just wasn't entertained by it. Better than Dracula and Frankenstein??? That's a new one!?!

Bottom line is I can't recommend seeing this. It was just too much of a "miss" for me. My advice would be to give it a miss, if you're remotely curious then my next suggestion would be to watch the menu screen - you see everything there. If you do decide to watch it then don't be surprised to find a few "I told you so"'s.

I sincerely hope there isn't a sequel.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Guess What ? The Unborn is horror film in which the main protagonist is an extremely photogenic middle class young woman ( who is usually clad only in clinging singlet and briefs when things happen ) who is plagued by visions that usually involve a creepy young child and learns that it's something to do with a dead twin and demons and lots of stuff that involve screaming and running and hanging round in eerie old buildings. The only remotely surprising thing about it is that it isn't ripped off from a superior Asian film. No this time the Yanks have made a duff horror film entirely on their own . Well done them.
Our mandatory nubile heroine is Casey (Odette Yustman), a college student who lives in a massive house with her strangely absent father(James Remar ) who she gets to see by visiting him at work .Her mother went loopy and killed herself a few years ago. Now Casey is plagued by bizarre dreams and visions, which of course must include the aforementioned creepy little boy. She learns fairly soon ( through a change in eye colour of all things ) that she had a twin brother who died in the womb, then contacts an old Holocaust survivor (Jane Alexander) whom her mother spoke to just before she died and learns that a demon is after her and she must smash all mirrors( the seven years bad luck seems trivial in light of other events I presume ) and consult a priest and have an exorcism and don't forget her five a day .No... I made that last bit up but still ,it's good advice ,though whether it helps fight demons I cannot say.
The Unborn" was written and directed by David S. Goyer[ wrote [ASIN:B000ARB0Z2 Batman Begins - 1 Disc Edition [DVD] [2005]]] who seems to have taken the approach that utilising every horror cliché in the book is the way to go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the unborn
very good movie was actually surprised really quite spooky to start with and in general pretty good movie along lines of sinister and incidious, i personally enjoyed this movie and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by G.I. joe
2.0 out of 5 stars Average
Nothing particularly outstanding in this film. The plot is boring as are the characters. It's predictable and mostly pretty dull.
Published 3 months ago by Joadz
2.0 out of 5 stars Poop
Another poorly written, unloved, churned out addition to the modern horror dump-pile. We need a hero to return! One who will revive the genre!
Published 7 months ago by Daniel Barfoot
3.0 out of 5 stars Good DVD
This is an ok DVD if you like something a little weird, a little scary and perhaps a little odd. Good watch.
Published 9 months ago by Laura
3.0 out of 5 stars the unborn
Not a fantastic film. But not terrible either. Have only watched it once or twice as opposed to films i REALLY love which i watch many times without getting bored. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jeff 111
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
this was a very good buy it come on time thorough the post they are very good sellers well done
Published 13 months ago by rayb76
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect condition
Loved it it came on time and loved the film i am very pleased with the DVD and it would be my pleasure to get more in the future it was well packaged and was very happy with the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Geraldine Eva Stiles
1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish
it was a waste of time putting it in the dvd player. the story was rubbish and sound quality terrible
Published 13 months ago by jez
2.0 out of 5 stars Very predictable!
I guessed the ending a good half an hour before the end. Wasn't a good ending either. There were not many scary bits typical predictable new horror movie. Weak plot!!
Published 15 months ago by Charlotte Kerr
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally scary
This film defo had you gripped to your seat ,very entertaining and well worth buying.Although did feel a bit jumpy in parts.
Published 16 months ago by N. A. Hastings
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